I always talk about hurricane season from a cruise perspective, but today I’m inspired to share about preparing now for hurricane season from a homeowners point of view.
Did you know that Lowe’s gives all veterans a 10% discount? Home Depot gives only certain vets discounts, so to avoid any hassles at the check out counter, I always go to Lowe’s (I’m a U.S. Navy veteran).
Here’s the link for vets to sign up at Lowe’s : https://www.lowes.com/mylowes/register?context=military
For years, my wife has been bugging me to buy a generator.
After a few weeks of doing research online, I bought a Generac 3600 model.
Granted, it won’t power the whole house, but it will do a great job of keeping the refrigerator running, along with a fan, one or two lights, the tv and most importantly, my internet modem!
The other things I needed besides the generator were a few heavy duty extension cords (not cheap), a couple of gas cans, (again, not cheap), and spending some time watching YouTube videos about generators!
No matter how many videos I’ve watched, I still feel like I don’t know enough about using my generator during a hurricane.
My main concern is the loud noise.
Yes, I know that you can’t put your generator in the garage due to carbon monoxide, yet I also know that some people are concerned about their generator being stolen right out of their backyard!
Besides the generator, it’s important to stock up on your prescription medicines, batteries, bottled water and keep those mobile devices fully charged.
Protect important documents and pictures of your grandkids, fill up your bathtub with water (great way to fill up your toilet tank if the water/sewer system fails) and check on your elderly neighbors to make sure they are ok.
Lastly, make sure your cars are filled up with gas in case you need to beat feet fast, and have a “grab and go bag” to have on your way out the door (don’t forget your wife’s cosmetics and hairdryer!)
In case you’ve forgotten about how bad a hurricane can be, watch the video below!